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We were so lucky to get the chance to interview Carrie Rachel Dean. She has a wonderful Broadway story. You might not have heard of her lead role, but since September last year, she has been in charge of COVID testing for more than 30 theaters. Read more…

Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, already an honorary Sergeant Major in the US Army, is to be given a Lifetime Achievement Award at Hell’s Kitchen’s Intrepid Museum next month. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

The SNL Staten Island Ferry is on the move… (New York Post)

Is New York’s bureaucracy keeping the homeless locked out of apartments? (New York Daily News)

Juneteenth becomes a paid holiday in New York from this year. (NBC)

The Department of Sanitation is giving grants for cleaner streets. (Streetsblog)

Our neighbor, Princess Mako, has a cool new role as an intern at The Met Museum. (The Cut)

Freeze Frame

Thanks to Gino Hawley for this image at dusk last night of this towering blossom on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen.

Happy birthday to Cid Roberts!